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MacGyver reboot showrunner, Peter Lenkov, has been fired by CBS amid claims that he has created a “toxic working environment”.


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https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/peter-lenk...ver-1234700376/
I wonder what's going to happen to Magyver now.



 
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As far as I know nothing the show is going strong and he is only one of 4 producers



 
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According to this article from Hollywood Reporter, Lenkov is a particularly nasty piece of work.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed...-at-cbs-1302107

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Behind the scenes, sources allege Lenkov would routinely talk down to writers — particularly women and people of color. In one incident, he allegedly mocked a disabled fan and, after a writer objected to his behavior, attempted to have her fired.

"He isn't racist or sexist or classist singularly — it's all of it," says an insider. "He's anti-woman, anti-POC, anti-gay, and everything you'd expect. But he'd also torture straight white men if he felt like it."



This shines a whole new light on why cast members may have left.

George Eads and Kate Bond both left under a light of controversy. Kate's dismissal shortly after her husband was dropped as one of the show's producers had a particularly tense feel to it with hints of unpleasantness between producers seeping into comments.

It also may suggest why Terry Matalas was brought in to run the show last season.




QUOTE (Shy175223 @ 8 July 2020 - 10:24 AM)

I wonder what's going to happen to Magyver now.

Monica Macer as been appointed showrunner. So the show continues but probably with some quite noticeable changes.



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I hope its the whole love triangle between Desi/Mac/Riley. Heck, the show was doing just fine w/o co-workers involved romantically. I hope they drop the whole thing altogether.



 
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QUOTE (Shy175223 @ 7 July 2020 - 05:24 PM)
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/peter-lenk...ver-1234700376/
I wonder what's going to happen to Magyver now.

Reading the comments in this link, is very telling.

I did think he was pretty argumentative in the comments section on social media, so I didn't think he was a nice person. Came off short tempered ON THERE.



 
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QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 7 July 2020 - 10:44 PM)
This shines a whole new light on why cast members may have left.

George Eads and Kate Bond both left under a light of controversy. Kate's dismissal shortly after her husband was dropped as one of the show's producers had a particularly tense feel to it with hints of unpleasantness between producers seeping into comments.


I think nepotism and fraternity is a big part of the show in general.

That's why Tristin can bring in her friends from that prank show she was on to guest star, and now her current boyfriend for a future show, Lucas bringing in his father, etc etc



 
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QUOTE (Shy175223 @ 7 July 2020 - 11:35 PM)
I hope its the whole love triangle between Desi/Mac/Riley. Heck, the show was doing just fine w/o co-workers involved romantically. I hope they drop the whole thing altogether.

He did seem so gung-ho on that out of everybody involved. Tristin was always like "lemme go with the flow so I don't rock the boat"



 
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QUOTE (real_ness @ 8 July 2020 - 03:22 AM)
QUOTE (Shy175223 @ 7 July 2020 - 05:24 PM)
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/peter-lenk...ver-1234700376/
I wonder what's going to happen to Magyver now.

Reading the comments in this link, is very telling.

I did think he was pretty argumentative in the comments section on social media, so I didn't think he was a nice person. Came off short tempered ON THERE.

I noticed the same thing, and a few times people working on the show seemed to dislike him. Honestly not surprised



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I always stayed away from BTS stuff for spoilers since we're like a year behind over here. But if this is the case, no one is going to regret his firing. His behaviour is not what the show stands for. Maybe this saved the show of what could've been early demise.

Maybe things are finally going to improve on everything: the writing for example… no more three storylines, maybe Bozer can finally go and take Leanna with him. Mac, Riley and Jack was enough for a "team". Three's good, five's a crowd.

Too bad Jill is dead. She was awesome. If she didn't die maybe they could've brought her back.

I hope there is a chance Sandrine Holt can come back.



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Interesting tweet from former show writer, Brian Durkin presumably in response to this news.

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Nice to see a message like that. Usually bullies wins no matter what the consequences are for other people. Looks like a little faith in humanity is restored.



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QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 8 July 2020 - 11:29 AM)
I always stayed away from BTS stuff for spoilers since we're like a year behind over here. But if this is the case, no one is going to regret his firing. His behaviour is not what the show stands for. Maybe this saved the show of what could've been early demise.

Maybe things are finally going to improve on everything: the writing for example… no more three storylines, maybe Bozer can finally go and take Leanna with him. Mac, Riley and Jack was enough for a "team". Three's good, five's a crowd.

Too bad Jill is dead. She was awesome. If she didn't die maybe they could've brought her back.

I hope there is a chance Sandrine Holt can come back.

Did you read the complaints against him? If you did, You think HE was the one keeping Bozer on the show?

Sandrine coming back?? You're asking for a lot lol



 
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QUOTE (real_ness @ 9 July 2020 - 05:44 PM)
LOL

Liked by Tristin Mays? The fact that it's liked by one of the cast members says a lot in itself.



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QUOTE (real_ness @ 9 July 2020 - 11:38 PM)
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 8 July 2020 - 11:29 AM)
I always stayed away from BTS stuff for spoilers since we're like a year behind over here. But if this is the case, no one is going to regret his firing. His behaviour is not what the show stands for. Maybe this saved the show of what could've been early demise.

Maybe things are finally going to improve on everything: the writing for example… no more three storylines, maybe Bozer can finally go and take Leanna with him. Mac, Riley and Jack was enough for a "team". Three's good, five's a crowd.

Too bad Jill is dead. She was awesome. If she didn't die maybe they could've brought her back.

I hope there is a chance Sandrine Holt can come back.

Did you read the complaints against him? If you did, You think HE was the one keeping Bozer on the show?

Sandrine coming back?? You're asking for a lot lol

No, I don't think he kept Bozer on the show. Usually I stay away from these parts, in case of spoilers.

I know Sandrine left for a leading role in another show.



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QUOTE (Dragondog @ 10 July 2020 - 04:44 AM)
QUOTE (real_ness @ 9 July 2020 - 05:44 PM)
LOL

Liked by Tristin Mays? The fact that it's liked by one of the cast members says a lot in itself.

No it's twitter, that's a tag meaning the author tagged them in it.



 
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There have been hints of Lenkov leaving MacGyver for a while now, but I thought to get more involved on Magnum and maybe starting a new show. 2020 is full of surprises...

I've been on holiday, now I have time to talk tongue.gif

First off, it can't have been easy to helm the MacGyver Reboot, considering the circumstances in 2016. Lenkov managed to not make it tank and disappear like so many other shows in recent years. And I guess to get where he was, you have to be sort of assertive and confident and demanding. Yet, you don't have to be an a... about it and you can still stay respectful to cast and crew. That said, CBS has had problems behind the scenes of Lenkovs shows for a while now and there might be more "bombshells" dropping soon. I'm curious, but I'm not sure I really want to know it all since it will simply leave behind a bitter taste and more bad news concerning the Reboot. I'd rather have people remember it for the good things it brought, not the bad things.

That said, I didn't know anything at all about TV production when I started following the Reboot happening. But I started watching Hawaii Five-0 as well and despite not actively following the fandom, I've picked up on enough things to realize there must be some grounds surrounding the rumors and whisperings on social media. I was still surprised at the extent, though. I never thought it was this bad.

While I'm mostly p... off at Lenkov but also CBS for letting it go on for so long (they could have fired him a long time ago; e.g. after the repeated stunt accidents on set), I can't help but wonder what could have been regarding regular characters and storylines.




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QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 8 July 2020 - 05:44 AM)
This shines a whole new light on why cast members may have left.

George Eads and Kate Bond both left under a light of controversy. Kate's dismissal shortly after her husband was dropped as one of the show's producers had a particularly tense feel to it with hints of unpleasantness between producers seeping into comments.

It also may suggest why Terry Matalas was brought in to run the show last season.


I'm curious if anyone will dare to speak out openly.

And yes, you can't help but wonder about the "disappearances" of not only George Eads, but especially Kate Bond. Also confirms that the exit of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park on H50 was not a problem to do with money alone, but lack of respect.

Lenkov has a "history" of female regular/recurring characters (especially love interests) and female and poc writers coming and going - just as quickly as his storylines dissolving and leaving nowhere. It's like hours of foreplay with no release laugh.gif

And who can't forget the response to Kate Bond's tweet back in 2018: https://twitter.com/punadviser/status/1058175971000340480

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QUOTE (real_ness @ 10 July 2020 - 06:49 AM)
QUOTE (Dragondog @ 10 July 2020 - 04:44 AM)
QUOTE (real_ness @ 9 July 2020 - 05:44 PM)
LOL

Liked by Tristin Mays? The fact that it's liked by one of the cast members says a lot in itself.

No it's twitter, that's a tag meaning the author tagged them in it.

Oh, my bad tongue.gif



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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 10 July 2020 - 11:32 AM)
While I'm mostly p... off at Lenkov but also CBS for letting it go on for so long (they could have fired him a long time ago; e.g. after the repeated stunt accidents on set), I can't help but wonder what could have been regarding regular characters and storylines.

Could have been because of the BLM movement. If Lenkov's bullying ended up exposed to the public, especially during this time, CBS would get a lot more flak. Or they've been wanting to for a long time, and the movement seemed like a great opportunity...



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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 10 July 2020 - 05:39 PM)
QUOTE (MacGyverOnline @ 8 July 2020 - 05:44 AM)
This shines a whole new light on why cast members may have left.

George Eads and Kate Bond both left under a light of controversy. Kate's dismissal shortly after her husband was dropped as one of the show's producers had a particularly tense feel to it with hints of unpleasantness between producers seeping into comments.

It also may suggest why Terry Matalas was brought in to run the show last season.


I'm curious if anyone will dare to speak out openly.

And yes, you can't help but wonder about the "disappearances" of not only George Eads, but especially Kate Bond. Also confirms that the exit of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park on H50 was not a problem to do with money alone, but lack of respect.

Lenkov has a "history" of female regular/recurring characters (especially love interests) and female and poc writers coming and going - just as quickly as his storylines dissolving and leaving nowhere. It's like hours of foreplay with no release laugh.gif

And who can't forget the response to Kate Bond's tweet back in 2018: https://twitter.com/punadviser/status/1058175971000340480

Time to bring in the twin sister, Jillian! People can call her Jill. laugh.gif



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QUOTE (Dragondog @ 11 July 2020 - 11:23 AM)
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 10 July 2020 - 11:32 AM)
While I'm mostly p... off at Lenkov but also CBS for letting it go on for so long (they could have fired him a long time ago; e.g. after the repeated stunt accidents on set), I can't help but wonder what could have been regarding regular characters and storylines.

Could have been because of the BLM movement. If Lenkov's bullying ended up exposed to the public, especially during this time, CBS would get a lot more flak. Or they've been wanting to for a long time, and the movement seemed like a great opportunity...

Lenkov only had one more year of the overall contract. They could have just let him finish the season and then "let him go" quietly; sweeping it under the rug.

I think it's possible CBS sacked him to avoid a lawsuit against themselves and let him take the fall. They hired him for 10+ years; enabling him and his behavior. There must be a ton of people just waiting to spill some "secrets".

I wonder if they thought the damage would be bigger if they actually get sued; and yes, this might have been more urgent now due to the BLM and Me Too movement.

Same with George Eads. They never fired George, but let him out of his contract. They could have just make him finish S3 and then let him go quitely; stating he didn't want to renew his contract. It's not their style at all and it already made me curious back then; wondering what he had against them they were willing to do that - but also assuming it had to do with Lenkov.

While complaints were usually about him being racist or sexist, his shows also have a history of letting go white males under fishy circumstances (e.g. George Eads, but also stunt coordinator Jeff Wolfe, EP Craig O'Neill and writers/producers David Slack and Brian Durkin). He doesn't seem to like people with a strong voice and/or opinion that keep questioning him; especially not if they're male and about his age. All the writers on MacGyver got younger and more inexperienced the more the seasons progressed; only to disappear after a season or half a season. I wonder if he wanted to save money or just people that keep their mouths shut and bowed to his demands.



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While I'm mostly p... off at Lenkov but also CBS for letting it go on for so long (they could have fired him a long time ago; e.g. after the repeated stunt accidents on set), I can't help but wonder what could have been regarding regular characters and storylines.

Could have been because of the BLM movement. If Lenkov's bullying ended up exposed to the public, especially during this time, CBS would get a lot more flak. Or they've been wanting to for a long time, and the movement seemed like a great opportunity...

Lenkov only had one more year of the overall contract. They could have just let him finish the season and then "let him go" quietly; sweeping it under the rug.

I think it's possible CBS sacked him to avoid a lawsuit against themselves and let him take the fall. They hired him for 10+ years; enabling him and his behavior. There must be a ton of people just waiting to spill some "secrets".

I wonder if they thought the damage would be bigger if they actually get sued; and yes, this might have been more urgent now due to the BLM and Me Too movement.

Same with George Eads. They never fired George, but let him out of his contract. They could have just make him finish S3 and then let him go quitely; stating he didn't want to renew his contract. It's not their style at all and it already made me curious back then; wondering what he had against them they were willing to do that - but also assuming it had to do with Lenkov.

While complaints were usually about him being racist or sexist, his shows also have a history of letting go white males under fishy circumstances (e.g. George Eads, but also stunt coordinator Jeff Wolfe, EP Craig O'Neill and writers/producers David Slack and Brian Durkin). He doesn't seem to like people with a strong voice and/or opinion that keep questioning him; especially not if they're male and about his age. All the writers on MacGyver got younger and more inexperienced the more the seasons progressed; only to disappear after a season or half a season. I wonder if he wanted to save money or just people that keep their mouths shut and bowed to his demands.

It's sad how much sense this all makes sad.gif



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I would say let's not because none of us are there and have to work this guy or even knew he was like this to be honest. It's easy to tolerate something for "one more year" that none of us was going through. No disrespect to any opinion here.



 
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Time to bring in the twin sister, Jillian! People can call her Jill. laugh.gif

Or Jane. Or Julie. Jack Dalton gave us lots of options tongue.gif

I wouldn't mind Jill coming back. We never saw her body. Maybe they faked her funeral so she could disappear under a witness protection program or something. Happens all the time on TV...



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So Brian Durkin is gone too? He was like my favorite writer of the reboot. The guy came up with the Ghost character.

What I hear lately on the working conditions on television shows is appalling, that makes me think: What is everyone's problem? You're all supposed to be working together on this show that hopefully will make it to 6 seasons and then you have to work in such environments... no wonder peoples split.

There was no way this would've or could've happened on the original show. RDA, Henry, John, Stephen would've never allowed this.

Lethal Weapon got cancelled because they fired Clayne Crawford over something that probably could've been solved differently. Wayans got hurt in an episode Crawford was directing, unfortunately his co-star Damon Wayans deemed it necessary to spread it out on social media causing him to get fired from the show. Was it necessary? I think it could've been solved differently. I don't know how well they got along in the first place.

And the conditions on Power Rangers isn't a secret either. From the original cast three actors left to a pay dispute, since they nearly worked 7 days a week. Shootings during the week and dubbing Japanese footage in the weekends. It was also a non-union show. So if the actors are canned, they have no safety net or anything. Actor David Yost got bullied off the show simply because he was gay. The producers knew about it but they failed to do anything at all. Yet Yost was prepared to do the second movie and be part of the fifth season.

Such things happens on the production of kids show? While everything needs to be squeaky-clean on screen, they're all friends and whatnot, behind-the-scenes it's a completely different world.

I just hope that for one time the right thing can be done. Fire the culprit (which they've done) but also give the peoples who left because of Lenkov their jobs back. Then justice might prevail for a change.



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I haven't been paying much attention lately because I've been dealing with other personal stuff, but dang... XD

Maybe now that he's gone other actors with come back? I know what it's like dealing with people who caused a toxic work environment and when they're gone, it's like a breath of fresh air. Hopefully, we'll see an improvement in the show?? I dunno though because I haven't really been watching. XD



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So Brian Durkin is gone too? He was like my favorite writer of the reboot. The guy came up with the Ghost character.

Apparently. According to IMDb, his last writing credit is for Episode 3x12.

Both H50 and MacGyver had a revolving door for writers. Since there's never any official announcements, it's hard to keep track of the writers room.

According to this, Jim Adler was recently fired too: https://twitter.com/jimadler/status/1283117607709601792

not sure if he's still on the team or not; because in May, he had just been announced as Co-Executive Producer (which was a bit weird since he was already in this position for Season 4).

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I think there might be some people on the show who don't feel like saying anything, maybe for personal reasons. Since he might be the reason they were hired for the show to begin with, and at the same time they don't want to devalidate these staffers experiences with him.



 
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